Adirondack Journal — Adirondack Museum Receives Highest National Recognition


We are proud and pleased to share very good news!

The Adirondack Museum has again received Accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national acknowledgment possible for a museum.

AAM Accreditation is the museum field's primary medium for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. The designation earns national recognition institutional commitment to excellence in governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued improvement.

The Adirondack Museum is a regional museum of art, history and material culture. It is nationally known for extensive collections, exhibits, public programs, and a research library that together reflect stories of life, work, and play in the Adirondack Park and northern New York State. The museum celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.

The Adirondack Museum first received AAM accreditation in 1973, and was reaccredited in 1985 and 1998.

Of our nation's estimated 17,500 museums, only 775 are currently accredited. The Adirondack Museum joins the Albany Institute of History and Art, The Strong Museum, The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages as well as eight other history museums that are accredited in New York State.

"Accreditation assures the people of the Adirondacks and the State of New York that their museum is among the finest in the nation," said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. "All who know and love the museum can take considerable pride in their institution for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community as a whole."